News of the possible closure of one of Bristol’s most loved music venues Thekla has caused an outpour of public support from loyal supporters.
After the news that a new housing development would be made across the water from Thekla, concerns grew that the venue would be shut down due to noise complaints.
Mark Davyd Chief Executive of The Music Venue Trust, said: “Sensible and adequately planned residential developments near to grassroots music venues like Thekla mean that residents and music lovers can happily co-exist’’. Further emphasising that “the outcome starts at the planning application stage when a good developer recognises the cultural value of the existing music venue and takes steps to protect it’’.
He added “We are concerned if that process has happened so far in the proposed development near Thekla and would encourage the developer to start it.”
This news left the fans of the historical site devastated, with many of them taking to social media to express their opinions. For instance, they have been tweeting the hashtag #SaveThekla as a desperate plea to save the venue.
One fan even tweeted ‘Music venues need to be protected because they are places of cultural significance. They bring together communities’.
For the majority of club enthusiasts, they believe it is not just another night club in Bristol, and that it is a famous landmark with real history behind it, that has been open since 1982.
Thekla has been home to many big acts over the years such as Little Comets, Foals and The Temper Trap and has provided its fans with a variety of music genres; ranging from indie/rock to rnb and hip hop.
Elle Bradbury, a second-year marketing student at UWE revealed her annoyance to the news. ‘I am very sad about the news of Thekla potentially closing, I will miss the legendary indie nights on a Thursday
(#TheklaThursday) and the cheap drinks. Thekla isn’t just any nightclub, first of all it is one of the first places that Skins was filmed on, and secondly it has brought people together through the power of the music’.
Research from the Bristol Post has outlined that organisations including DHP, UK Music and Music Venues Trust are now campaigning to try and keep Thekla open.
Although this will be a hard and conscious effort, the small music venue have said they will not go down without a fight. Thekla’s tweet about its ship being under threat from the council has already received over 6,000 retweets and gained 4,000 likes with the hashtag #SaveThekla.
To get involved in potentially saving the nightclub, get tweeting with #SaveThekla.
By Leah Richardson